Hyundai Motor and Kia’s DAL-e Delivery Robot Arrives, Ready to Revolutionize Indoor Autonomous Delivery Services

Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai Motor) and Kia Corporation (Kia) announced their new logos. The DAL-e Delivery vehicle is designed to deliver their featured items on demand. This is a robot that uses the same technology that was used in the robot introduced in December 2022 to increase operational efficiency in gyms, shopping centers and offices, especially where there are complex situations.

Adapting the knowledge gained in the previous pilot operation for topside, defined routes, DAL-e 2.0 has become more efficient and reliable for unmanned logistics operations in a wide range of complex indoor environments.

“DAL-e Delivery would provide an effective and dependable F&B and package delivery service to ensure fast delivery of goods,” Dong Jin Hyun, Hyundai Motor and Kia’s robotics lab vice president and head of the same division, explained. “We also carry out that we in future should implement a synergy amongst diverse places such as offices, restaurants and shopping malls.”

To achieve the best control for the travel, DAL-e Delivery is made of a cube body with front and back rounded corners in order to have the center at the bottom. Discreetively we touch them with the sensors, and the futuristic metal-like design of DAL-e Delivery’s systems emphasize the premium elegance and functionality.

DAL-e Delivery delivery robotics embraces four Plug & Drive (PnD) modules, an embedded system that handles mobility in addition to motor, steering, suspension, brain, and environmental recognition systems. It substitutes, another impediment, by reaching 1.2 m/s with free-moving PnD modules added to the system development of advanced autotialized driving technology, to recognize obstacles and easily fast track in congestion. On the other hand the robots enhanced suspension provides uniform motion to all the bumps on the floor hence securing the foods stabilization.

DAL-e Delivery has a smaller exterior than the previously-designed prototype; however, the internal cargo volume has seen a significant increase in the size. The maximum capacity is 16 cups of coffee and loaded weight is 10 kg at most. It provides a convenient transportation system for bulk batters and heavy loading items.

A delicate light emanating from the freight cargo route is making the items easy to recognize. The Tray at the storage automatically comes forward when an opening of the door is done and allowing users to comfortably load and take out the stuffs.

DAL-e Delivery has several unique features that must be mentioned in the first place. The device’s primary function is to drive the autonomous vehicle to and from all building floors using e-scooters, working not only with the elevator but also with the door locking and alerting system. Moreover, it is used to ensure the correct sequencing of the delivery functions, while acting in real-time.

As soon as DAL-e Delivery arrives to the determined place, it can identify the person who is supposed to get the delivery thanks to the camera which is installed just beside him/her. Relying on the smart AI facial recognition introduced by Hyundai & Kia’s Robotics Lab, the door automatically opens without requiring the sender or the recipient to punch in the password. This facial recognition tech, having been certificated as 99.9% accurate by KISA, reflects excellence achieved by the lab in technology.

Robot includes a 11.6-inch High-Definition display, which is a full view of all the state of the service for the customer. The big screen shows the data like destination, working status, giving an intuitive understanding the robot’s work status to people and walking passers-by. More than that, animated facial expressions shown on the screen play a significant role in adding emotional intelligence to the transaction.

Dispatching DAL-e Delivery at IGIS Asset Management’s ‘Factorial Seongsu,’ a logistics hub in Seongsu-dong, would be made available for use by Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors in the second quarter of this year. In the Morena of Seoul, a smart office building will be opened on April of that year. Hyundai Motor and Kia signed a business agreement with IGIS in May last year to commercialize the robot-friendly building.

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